Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter; Austria | 2012 | 75 min.
February 22nd, 6:30pm at McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Presented in conjunction with the Imperfect Health Exhibition at Miller Gallery.
"Geyrhalter's tripod-mounted, impeccably-framed images capture the interactions of human and machine that have come to define the hospital experience in the 21st century" - The Hollywood Reporter
*Nominated for 2012 East Silver Caravan (Prague) Silver Eye Award
In Danube Hospital, sci-fi and avant-garde meet modern medicine. The setting is Austria’s Donauspital, where birth, death, and gore constitute day-to-day activity. Geyrhalter's exquisite shot-compositions aestheticize each unit of the hospital microcosm. One might forget that what they are seeing is documentary footage—imagery of robot-like transporters and state-of-the-art computer technology echo futuristic, science fiction films of the past century (think 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the spaceship is actually a hospital). Scenes of meat-cutting in the cafeteria and in the cadaver-dissection room evoke the same horror. No unit is granted too much camera time; each is interdependent on the rest, and functions as an integral combination of human and machine. Media screens play a significant role—it is, after all, through television monitors that we view the stitching of internal organs and an eye surgery. Media is not merely a commercial entity or art form—Danube Hospital illustrates its scientific function, its penetration into multiple realms of the contemporary, digitized era.
Danube Hospital will be preceded by a showing of Dr. Paul Goodman's Nurse.As part of Paul Goodman's Faces of Work series, Nurse takes us inside Pittsburgh's very own Mercy Hospital. We are introduced to Cheryl Dinardo, a neo-natal nurse who spends long days and nights treating high-risk infants. Even though she deals daily with situations of life or death, Cheryl remains optimistic and truly devoted to her work.
Feb. 22, Fri.
6:30-8:30pm: Film Screening: Danube Hospital (Donauspital). (Dir. Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Germany, 2012)
$8 General - $5 Seniors + Students.
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. In 1994, he founded his own production company titled Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion (NGF). His award-winning works include Das Jahr nach Dayton (1997), Pripyat (1999), Elsewhere (2001), and Our Daily Bread (2005).